Charles D. Norton to Jane Addams, March 11, 1908


March 11, 1908.

My Dear Miss Addams:--

It is exceedingly kind and thoughtful of you to remember Mrs. Norton's wish to see the St. Patrick's Cotillion, and I am sending on your invitation to her today. She has had two of our children at Atlantic City for a couple of weeks recuperating after illnesses, and now has been called to New York by the apparently fatal illness of her uncle, Mr. McKin, who seems not to be able to throw off the physical depression which has haunted him since the death of Stanford White and Mr. Saint Gaudens ↑& therefore probably cannot accept.↓

Since I am writing you this note, may I take occasion to comment on the outrageous criticism of the settlements which has resulted from this attempt on Chief Shippy's life. Such attacks, in my opinion, do more to aid the settlements than to injure them. If, as a matter of fact, it is found that it does temporarily injure the work of the settlements on account of public prejudice (I refer to financial backing), then, temporarily at least, those who understand the situation ought to do more. For my part I should like to.

I do not know that you have been disturbed by the attack in the newspapers, but I gathered from a conversation on the telephone with Mr. Taylor that he had been.

With great respect, I am
Very truly yours,

Charles D. Norton [signed]

Miss Jane Addams,
Hull House, Chicago.